Eidur Gudjohnsen: Bolton striker has 'one of best weeks of career'

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Eidur Gudjohnsen has scored 32 times for Bolton in two spells - 15 years apart

He has won the Champions League, two Premier League titles and La Liga - but this week has been one of the best of Eidur Gudjohnsen's career, according to Bolton manager Neil Lennon.

The 36-year-old made a goalscoring return for Iceland last Saturday after 18 months out of the side, became a father for the fourth time on Wednesday and then scored a stoppage-time equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Blackpool.

He was without a club when Lennon persuaded him to rejoin former club Bolton last November, and scored his fifth goal of the season to deny Blackpool a rare win.

"Eidur Gudjohnsen is something else; he's had a glittering career but I'd say this week would be right up there with one of the best," Lennon said.

Gudjohnsen's career highlights
Played alongside Ronaldo at Dutch side PSV before joining Bolton in 1998Won Champions League with Barca in 2009
After Bolton lost in First Division play-offs, joined Chelsea for £4m in 2000Had spells back in England with Stoke, Tottenham and Fulham
Won the Premier League in 2004-05 and 2005-06 before joining BarcelonaRejoined Bolton last winter after a spell out of the game

"It's a great story. He was playing semi-pro, just drifting and we met him in Manchester and said, 'We think you've got a bit in you, come and train with us and see how it goes'. He's been a brilliant signing.

"His motivation was to get back in the Iceland team, he's done that, he's scored and he's had a baby this week and only flew back on Friday.

"That's why we couldn't start him because he didn't meet up with us until late. Then he comes on and gets us a goal when we really needed it which, on the balance of play, we fully deserved."

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Eidur Gudjohnsen's goal for Iceland this week was his 24th for his country, and first since 2009

Gudjohnsen, who scored in Iceland's 3-0 win over Kazakhstan in their Euro 2016 qualifier on 28 March, says he has no intention of retiring and could yet appear for his country at next summer's finals in France.

Iceland are second in Group A, five points clear of Netherlands at the halfway stage.

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3Norwich402110977433473
4Watford402271180483273
5Brentford402161368531569
6Derby4019111071452668
7Ipswich4019111060441668
8Wolves4019111058461268
9Nottm Forest401512136356757
10Blackburn401512135450457
11Charlton401315124952-354
12Sheff Wed401315123741-454
13Cardiff401313144951-252
14Leeds401410164350-752
15Birmingham391214134556-1150
16Bolton401210184758-1146
17Brighton401015154347-445
18Huddersfield401112174968-1945
19Reading39129184362-1945
20Fulham40127215172-2143
21Rotherham40913184162-2140
22Millwall40812203565-3036
23Wigan40811213553-1835
24Blackpool40412243179-4824
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